2 Weeks of Free Food

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

For two weeks I went to work determined to eat nothing for breakfast or lunch unless I could find it for free. The result, surprisingly, is that I gained two pounds.

Why?

1. Most of the free food available to me was calorie dense. In a school environment, the types of food regularly found in a teacher’s lounge are cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, etc. Occasionally someone brings in a fruit and vegetable tray but it is not the norm.

2. On days when I could find only high-calorie, low-nutrient food, I came home very hungry and probably ate more for dinner than I usually would.

3. The psychology of the “foraging diet” made me think that since there was a chance that no food would be available that I needed to eat a lot when it was available. The problem was that it was always available.

4. Sugar makes a very poor diet staple. On days when sugary food was all there was to eat, I had a difficult time staying alert and focused. Where normally I would have occasional sugar cravings, I began to loathe sugar and crave anything of dietary value.

5. I gained two pounds eating nothing but free food for breakfast and lunch – a pound a week. If I ate my regular meals and also the free stuff, how much more weight would I add? No wonder obesity is a real problem in this country. How many offices have food as readily available as mine?

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